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8.1

Overall

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Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 8.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety: 9.3
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2014 Ford F-150 Review

The 2014 Ford F-150 has composed handling, potent engine choices, and a spacious rear seat in SuperCrew models, but its cabin is fitted with some cheap plastics and a difficult infotainment system.

Pros & Cons

  • Roomy rear seats in SuperCrew models
  • Potent optional engines
  • Low-rent interior materials
  • Frustrating touch-screen infotainment system

2014 Ford F-150 Overview

Is the 2014 Ford F-150 a Good Used Truck?

The 2014 F-150 is a great choice for a work truck; it has powerful engines, a smooth ride, and a functional cabin. It's not all that great as a daily driver, though. There are some low-rent materials inside, and the infotainment system is aggravating.

There's a wide range of engines to choose from to best match your needs, ranging from a base 3.7-liter V6 up to a 6.2-liter V8. There’s also a fairly unique turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. The base engine is sufficient for daily driving, but one of the optional engines is better for towing or hauling heavy loads. A smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission comes with every engine. The F-150 gets up to 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway, which is in line with many rivals. For the most part, the F-150 has a comfortable, composed ride, though it can be tricky to maneuver in small areas. The F-150 can haul up to 3,120 pounds and tow up to 11,300 pounds when properly equipped.

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Base models have a very sparse cabin appropriate for a work truck, with vinyl upholstery and lots of hard plastics. More expensive models have nicer materials, like leather surfaces and cloth or leather upholstery. There are still some plastics in upper trims, but they are textured to look higher quality. The front seats are comfortable and have a good view of the road ahead. It's easy for drivers of all body sizes to get into a good driving position, thanks to the wide range of seat adjustments. There's enough rear-seat space in SuperCab models for adults to ride for short trips, and SuperCrew Cabs have plenty of legroom for back-seat passengers. There are full sets of LATCH connectors on the outboard rear seats in SuperCab and SuperCrew models to securely install child safety seats.

The only features that come standard in the base F-150 are a basic stereo and air conditioning. Higher trims have more features like a touch-screen infotainment system, Bluetooth, a USB port, satellite radio, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a power moonroof. The physical controls for climate and audio settings are large and easy to adjust, even while wearing work gloves. The optional touch-screen infotainment system has some redundant physical buttons to help make it simple to use. Still, the system has overly complicated menus and can be glitchy. In terms of the cargo box, the F-150 has an available tailgate step that makes it easier to climb into the bed.

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Used 2014 Ford F-150 Prices

Prices for a used 2014 F-150 in a basic configuration start around $13,000 and go as high as about $23,000. Costs vary with vehicle condition, mileage, and location. Upper trims, larger engines, and bigger cabs will add to the price. For example, a Lariat SuperCab model starts at around $19,000 and tops out around $34,000. 

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Ford F-150?

The F-150's reliability score (three out of five) is on par with most rivals, though the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 both earn higher ratings.

How Safe Is the F-150?

The F-150 has typical safety scores for a full size pickup truck. It earned a Good rating in every Insurance Institute for Highway Safety category tested. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the F-150 four out of five stars overall, with four stars in front and rollover crash tests and five stars in side crash tests.

There are no advanced driver assistance systems available in the F-150, though some models have a rearview camera and rear parking sensors.

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Should I Consider Another Used F-150?

The 2014 F-150 was the last model year before a new generation began for 2015. There are few differences between the 2014 model and previous models (dating back to 2009), though the 2012 model has an older infotainment system. Stick with a 2013 or 2014 F-150 for a more high-tech cabin.

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Which Used Ford F-150 Is Right for Me?

The F-150 is available in several different cab and bed configurations, and there are many trims in each configuration. The XLT trim is the best bet, since the base XL comes standard with very few features. The XLT has cloth upholstery, a front split-bench seat, Bluetooth, an auxiliary audio input, cruise control, and power windows. Some XLT models may come with options packages that add front bucket seats, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, an infotainment display, and satellite radio. Higher trims add luxury features like leather upholstery, heated seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a touch-screen infotainment system, a rearview camera, and rear parking sensors.

You can get a certified pre-owned F-150 through a Ford dealership. For all of its certified pre-owned vehicles, Ford extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles and provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty. Each CPO vehicle must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Ford warranty page carefully.

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To write this overview, we gathered and analyzed 71 different data sets, including published professional reviews, reliability ratings, and crash test results.

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2014 Ford F-150 and Other Trucks to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Ford F-150 or 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500?

Though there are many similarities between the Ford F-150 and the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, the Chevy ultimately wins. The Silverado 1500 has better gas mileage and a higher maximum towing capacity. While there are still some plastic trim pieces inside, the Silverado feels nicer than the F-150. The Silverado’s available infotainment system is much easier to use than the F-150's system. The Silverado 1500 also earns slightly higher safety scores and the highest reliability rating in the class.

Which Is Better: 2014 Ford F-150 or 2014 Ram 1500?

The Ram 1500 has slightly lower crash test scores than the F-150, but it is the better truck in nearly every other way. The cabin is very quiet and fitted with top-notch materials. The Ram 1500's available infotainment system is one of the easiest to use on the market, and the seats in both rows are comfortable and roomy. There are several engines available, including a powerful yet fuel-efficient turbodiesel V6. The Ram 1500's ride is one of the smoothest and most comfortable in the class.

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